alice rivlin and douglas holtz aiken, thank you for joining us. every time we watch the stock market, the analysts say, you know, the oil did this and, therefore, the stock market's done that. what is the net effect of what's going on in the world? i know the markets doan the like things that aren't settled. but what about just every day living, you know, in america, looking for a recovery that is still sluggish? japan, has that affected the recovery at all? how about libya and the middle east in general? >> well, nothing is going on is good. japan, libya, whatever. the high price of oil and gasoline. all of these create uncertainty and to some extent a drag on the economy, especially the price of gasoline and oil.